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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby jamescd » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:17 pm

Fitted the Perrin cover
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Still have more to do on the maf scaling

Was driving the other week and thought the car had sprung another oil leak as a lot of smoke was coming from under the bonnet. Couldn't see an obvious leak and got it home. Jacked the car up and found that my front driver's side driveshaft had split the inner boot. While doing this I also discovered that my tyres had some severe inner wear. I ordered some new tyres and drove the car sparingly.

The new tyres arrived yesterday, I went with Nankang NS2Rs in 235/40R18, first impressions are good, will be interested to see how they perform.

I picked up a second-hand driveshaft on the weekend, and today fitted that.

Took the old one out. It was completely stuffed.
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While it was out I decided to heat wrap the section of the exhaust that runs by the driveshaft in an effort to reduce heat fatiguing the rubber boot.
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Shaft in, didn't want to go into the hub nicely, but got it in the end.
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New axle nut on.
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Another bay pic, just for the sake of it.
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I have also adjusted all the coilovers to sit a little higher, I loved it low, but it didn't love me, something suspension related in hard turns while in reverse, and I scraped the bottom of the fmic on things, so it had to go up a little.

A few things to do
- New clutch pedal with bearing and billet clevis
- Re-run underseat sub wiring as it was causing a short, have left it unplugged in the interim
- Do some long drives to finish the maf scaling

Otherwise it's pretty right for the time-being, just small things
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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby jamescd » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:29 pm

Bit of an updoot.

I finally got around to fitting my clutch pedal clevis.
It is a much bulkier unit than the stock one
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I had a full new pedal assembly which had the bearing fit.
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Clutch master unbolted
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Old and new clutch pedal assemblies
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The part that threads into the clevis was pretty stuffed, so I pulled it out enough to be able to re-thread the threads.
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Back in the car
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Connected
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I have also had problems with the turbo oil return since I fit the turbo setup.
I decided that I was sick of it leaking and that I would fix it properly so I would only have to do it once.
In this thinking I bought a Torque Solution oil drain kit. ($200 how ya goin)
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The first step was to remove the stock oil drain tube from the head
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To do this, I put a long piece of bar into the drain and wiggled it side to side and pried the tube out at the same time
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New fitting in
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Hose attached to the fitting on the turbo and the block
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DONE!





But it wasn't done.

The hose had a kink in it and was causing oil to back up and leak out of the turbo.
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Do all of the above steps in reverse.
Shorten the hose.
Attach the fitting, this time unbolting the up-pipe each time so it's easier to screw into the fitting.
Bolt up the up-pipe.
Try to bolt on the turbo.
The hose kinks again.

Do the same as above with a shorter hose.
The turbo won't fit because the hose is too short.

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Cry.




Realise that the short hose won't fit because it's fouling on the up-pipe bracket.
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Try using an extension fitting to clear the bracket.
Fail.

Pull out the angle grinder and chop some of the bracket off.
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Reinstall everything with the chopped bracket.
The hose kinks now because of the angle of the top fitting.
Buy a straight fitting.
Fit the straight fitting.
It fits first time.
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Go for a drive.
Car blows a shit load of smoke on boost and leaks oil from the bottom of the engine.

Cry some more.

Take it to a mechanic to find out what's wrong with it.

- The head fitting is leaking
- The up-pipe v-band isn't on correctly
- The turbo is at too much of an angle causing oil to build up and not drain

Pull everything back out.

Clock the turbo as much as possible without the drain fouling on the up-pipe.
Pull the fitting and put a bead of ultra black gasket maker around the base before reinstalling.
Wait for the ultra black to cure.
Reinstall everything.
Realise once again that the hose is the wrong length.
It's also fouling on the up-pipe bracket again.
Chop the bracket some more.
It fits.
Buuuuuut, the hose is the wrong length again.
Play with the hose more.

Finally, get it to fit.

Properly reinstall everything.

Resent the fact that if I had just bought some hydraulic hose and replaced the old drain hose it would have worked straight away with none of the issues and a lot less expense.

Drive the car.
It now works, still blows a little oil, but not much. It also doesn't leak from the fitting anymore.

It's at the point where I can't fix it any more at home, and I also need to be able to drive to Sydney next week for national meet. It has also been about a two week ordeal fitting/fixing this and I am very much over trying to sort out this same problem over and over again.

Edit: it may sound like I'm just complaining, but I just checked and I legitimately started work on the oil drain on the 3rd of November and it's now the 19th. It was a nightmare of a job, made worse by some bits of the kit just not working.
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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby bigBADbenny » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:25 pm

Not ideal but could you use a slightly longer hose and clock the lower (and upper?) fitting?
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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby jamescd » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:08 pm

The issue is that I can't change the angle of the core to be any more up/down as it's at the point where the v-band only just clears it to bolt the up-pipe on, any more and the turbo won't bolt on.
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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby bigBADbenny » Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:43 am

Full on, what’s the turbo kit?
Maybe there’s a better grade hose available that will bend and not kink? Ask Pirtek?
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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby jamescd » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:46 am

It's a custom made setup, but it shouldn't be having issues as it was fine when the original drain fitting was attached.
I also don't really want to do a whole lot more to the setup for the moment, I'll run it as is until I am a bit more inspired to fix it.
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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby bigBADbenny » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:43 am

Sweet! I did miss the all works now part :P...
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Re: Member Profile - James' GT spec B Wagon - GTB013

Postby jamescd » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:04 pm

So, while doing all of the testing and troubleshooting I forgot that I had topped up the oil with a fair bit of 5w-30 (as it was what I had).
I was planning on changing it before the drive to national meet anyway, but I changed it this morning as the car got quite smokey last night once it was warm. So far, the thicker oil seems to have fixed the problems. Hopefully it will stay that way.

Edit: it works for general driving and some boosting, but hills are a different story. Still plenty of smoke after the sustained load of a hill.
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